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The Hidden Agenda_norman Dodd_griffin Interview_foundations1982

The Hidden Agenda_norman Dodd_griffin Interview_foundations1982

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Rowan Gaither was at that time president of the FordFoundation. Mr. Gaither had sent for me when I found it convenient to be inNew York, asked me to call upon him at his office, which I did, and on arrivalafter a few amenities, Mr. Gaither said: “Mr. Dodd, we've asked you to comeup here today because we thought that possibly, off the record, you would tellus why the Congress is interested in the activities of the foundations such asourselves.” Before I could think of how I would reply to that statement, Mr.Gaither then went on and said: “Mr. Dodd, all of us who have a hand in themaking of policies here have had experience operating under directives, thesubstance of which is that we shall use our grant-making power so to alter lifein the United States that it can be comfortably merged with the Soviet Union.”
Warning! You are about to enter The Reality Zone, a placewhere truth is stranger than fiction, where knowledge is king, where myths areshattered, and deceptions exposed. It's a place where the lessons of history arefound and where true-life adventures reveal the hidden nature of man. If youproceed, you will not be able to return to the twilight zone from which youcame. You have five seconds remaining to escape.
Welcome to The Reality Zone. I'm Ed Griffin. The story we areabout to hear represents a missing piece in the puzzle of modern history. Weare about to hear a man tell us that the major tax-exempt foundations of America since at least 1945 have been operating to promote a hidden agenda,and that agenda has nothing to do with the surface appearance of charity, goodworks, or philanthropy. This man will tell you that the real objective has beento influence American educational institutions and to control foreign policy of the federal government. The purpose of this control has been to conditionAmericans to accept the creation of world government. That government is tobe based on the principle of collectivism, which is another way of sayingsocialism, and it is to be ruled from behind the scenes by those same interestswhich control the tax-exempt foundations. Is this a believable scenario? Well,the man who tells this story is none other than Mr. Norman Dodd, who in 1954
was the staff director of the Congressional Special Committee to InvestigateTax-exempt Foundations, sometimes referred to as the Reece Committee, inrecognition of its chairman, Congressman Carol Reece. The interview we areabout to hear was conducted by me in 1982. I had no immediate use for thematerial at that time, but I realized that Mr. Dodd's story was of greatimportance, and since he was advanced in age and not in good health, I wantedto capture his recollections on videotape while he was still with us. It was awise decision, because Mr. Dodd did pass away just a short time afterwards. Inlater years there was a resurgence of interest in Mr. Dodd's story, and wereleased the videotape to the public in 1991. And so what now follows is thesoundtrack taken from the full, unedited interview, broken occasionally onlyfor a tape change or to omit the sound of a passing airplane. It stands on its ownas an important piece in the puzzle of modern history.
Mr. Dodd, let's begin this interview with a brief statement. Forthe record, please tell us who you are, what is your background and yourqualifications to speak on this subject.
Well, Mr. Griffin, as to who I am, I am just, as the nameimplies, an individual born in New Jersey and educated in private schools,eventually in a school called Andover in Massachusetts and then Yaleuniversity. Running through my whole period of being brought up and growingup, I have been an indefatigable reader. I have had one major interest, and thatwas this country as I was lead to believe it was originally founded. I entered theworld of business knowing absolutely nothing about how that world operated,and realized that the only way to find out what that world consisted of would beto become part of it. I then acquired some experience in the manufacturingworld and then in the world of international communication and finally chosebanking as the field I wished to devote my life to. I was fortunate enough tosecure a position in one of the important banks in New York and lived there. Ilived through the conditions which led up to what is known as the crash of 1929. I witnessed what was tantamount to the collapse of the structure of theUnited States as a whole.Much to my surprise, I was confronted by my superiors in the middle of the panic in which they were immersed. I was confronted with the question:“Norm, what do we do now?” I was thirty at the time and I had no more right tohave an answer to that question than the man in the moon. However, I did
manage to say to my superiors: “Gentlemen, you take this experience as proof that there's something you do not know about banking, and you'd better go findout what that something is and act accordingly.” Four days later I wasconfronted by the same superiors with a statement to the effect that, “Norm,you go find out.” And I really was fool enough to accept that assignment,because it meant that you were going out to search for something, and nobodycould tell you what you were looking for, but I felt so strongly on the subjectthat I consented.I was relieved of all normal duties inside the bank and two-and-half yearslater I felt that it was possible to report back to those who had given me thisassignment. And so, I rendered such a report; and, as a result of the report Irendered. I was told the following: “Norm, what you're saying is we shouldreturn to sound banking,” and I said, “Yes, in essence, that's exactly what I’msaying.” Whereupon I got my first shock, which was a statement from them tothis effect: “We will never see sound banking in the United States again.” Theycited chapter and verse to support that statement, and what they cited was asfollows: “Since the end of world war one we have been responsible for whatthey call the institutionalizing of conflicting interests, and they are so prevalentinside this country that they can never be resolved.”This came to me as an extraordinary shock because the men who madethis statement were men who were deemed as the most prominent bankers inthe country. The bank of which I was a part, which I’ve spoken of, was aMorgan bank and, coming from men of that caliber, a statement of that kindmade a tremendous impression on me. The type of impression that it made onme was such that I wondered if I, as an individual and what they call a juniorofficer of the bank, could with the same enthusiasm foster the progress andpolicies of the bank. I spent about a year trying to think this out and came to theconclusion that I would have to resign.I did resign; and, as a consequence of that, had this experience. When myletter of resignation reached the desk of the president of the bank, he sent forme, and I came to visit with him, and he stated to me: “Norm, I have yourletter, but I don't believe you understand what's happened in the last 10 days.”And I said, “No, Mr. Cochran, I have no idea what's happened.” “Well,” hesaid, “the directors have never been able to get your report to them out of theirmind; and, as a result, they have decided that you as an individual must begin atonce and you must reorganize this bank in keeping with your own ideas.” Hethen said, “Now, can I tear up your letter?” Inasmuch as what had been said tome was offering me, at the age of by then 33, about as fine an opportunity forservice to the country as I could imagine, I said yes. They said they wished me

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